Author of '1,000 Places to See Before You Die' lives for travel
Ever since her family's clunky station wagon pulled out of their upstate New York driveway when she was 4 and headed to the beaches of Atlantic City, Patricia Schultz has been hooked on travel.

Here are some other chapter books to read while waiting on 'Harry Potter'
Here are some chapter books to keep you busy until the next "Harry Potter" arrives:

Standing up for the mentally ill, when the government won't
As a native Alaskan with a severely mentally ill grown son, I am frustrated and embarrassed that mentally ill adults within our community have all become 3-ton elephants wandering throughout our community.

Do we need a change in our constitution to restrict citizenship?
At the present time, any child born in the United States immediately becomes a citizen of our country. People are using this right to exploit the entire immigration policy. Some people come to the United States illegally so that their children can be born here and at birth become citizens.

Setting the record straight on pipeline policy positions
According to Lew Williams Jr.'s piece, "Will environmental lobby curb interest in gas line?" in the July 1 Juneau Empire, the Alaska Wilderness League "(opposes) development of any kind in Alaska."

Homeless getting squeezed out of services
The recent news article about the Thane Campground ("In Juneau, a community finds comfort living outside," June 17) failed to mention the plight of the homeless who live there year-round with less than ideal weather conditions.

Photo: Better than bean counting
Salmon roe processing technicians Diego Ruzbarrio, left, and Sawada Kuzuhiro pick out impurities from salmon eggs and package them in preparation for transport to Japan.

Mrs. from Juneau wins Miss Congeniality
A few months ago, Juneau state worker Lola Savatgy received an e-mail from a Mrs. Alaska-America pageant official who had seen her photo.

Photo: Plein Rein Painters
Alexis Rippe, right, leans over her pastel of the Mendenhall Glacier while Christine Crooks and Mary-Claire Harris work at their easels behind her last Saturday on the weekly Plein Rein outing.

Police & Fire
Reports from police, fire officials and state troopers.

Coeur report: Mine a boon for Juneau
Construction of the Kensington Mine near Berners Bay has been a bonanza for hundreds of Alaska residents, according to a McDowell Group report released Thursday at a Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

2,200 want to vote on fluoride issue
Citizens Promoting Dental Health turned in nearly 2,200 signatures Thursday to the city clerk's office in hopes of letting voters decide in the Oct. 2 municipal election whether fluoride should be put back in the city water supply.

Assembly incumbents to run for re-election
The three Juneau Assembly incumbents whose seats expire this October said, as of now, they intend to seek re-election.

Around Town

Pets of the week
Monte and Bear

Is canola oil devil or angel?
Recently, a lot of people have been asking me about canola oil. It seems they have read one or more articles on the Internet which make canola sound like evil incarnate. Among the accusations: All canola oil is genetically engineered.

Sipes-Ainza, Sims to marry
Rosie Sipes-Ainza and Jacob Sims, both of Juneau, will marry on Aug. 7, 2007, in a small ceremony on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. All friends and family are welcome to join them for a reception at 2 p.m. on Sept. 1 in the log shelter at Sandy Beach.

Whose wedding is it anyway?
We actually thought they would be excited for us. I don't know what we were thinking.

McMullen, Bohan to wed
Carrie Danielle McMullen, of Spokane, Wash., and John Brannen Bohan, of Candia, N.H., will marry at 4 p.m. July 14, 2007, at Skater's Cabin in Juneau. Friends are invited to the reception at 6 p.m. at the Juneau Yacht Club.

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Never question your ballot again
My son, Allan, asked me to write this article as a lesson in civics, or how a small stone cast out on a lake can cause a ripple that reaches a distant shore.

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The Horse Pamperer
Americans are pampering their pets more than ever. According to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, we shelled out more than $38 billion on our birds, beasts and barracudas in 2006. That's almost double what we spent just 10 years ago.

Photo: In and around the garden
A deer appears in a Juneau garden in the late afternoon sometime last week.

Kraft, Ray marry
Jordan Pflugh Kraft and Forest Ray of Juneau married June 9, 2007, at Outer Point on North Douglas, with a reception following at the Eaglecrest Ski Lodge.

Neighbors Digest
Donate cell phones to raise money for Americorps volunteer, SEARHC takes Juneau Eagles vs. Ravens event online, WeWhoWalk Tour visits Juneau Tuesday, Crystal Lake camp set for next week

Dear Kai: A pen-pal letter from Iraq
Editor's note: Every year, the Juneau Friends Meeting (Quakers), which believes the effort to understand the life of others is a first step in any effort of peacemaking, awards a $500 scholarship to a 12th-grade student who writes the best essay on a topic related to peace and peacemaking.

Neighbors helping Neighbors
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is done in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska. More volunteer opportunities can be found online at

'Big Brother' is almost here
In his eerily farsighted book "1984," George Orwell describes a society in which privacy is unknown, slavish obedience a given, and nonconformity the ultimate enemy of the state.

Outside Editorial: In fond memory of Lady Bird Johnson
A woman of dignity, compassion and grit. You could ask just about anyone who dealt with Lady Bird Johnson, and they would describe the late first lady the same way.

Disgraced Alaska rep 'just does not get it'
Now Alaskans know why former state Rep. Tom Anderson insisted on going to trial, even though federal authorities caught plenty of his corrupt behavior on tape.

Fourth of July 2-mile Fun Run results
Fourth of July 2-mile Fun Run

Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau. It runs when space is available and event notices should arrive at least one week before they are scheduled to take place.

Juneau West, Sitka advance to title game
Sitka and Juneau West both advanced to the Alaska District 2 Little League Minor Baseball Tournament championship game on Thursday at Miller Field.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Zoo officials: Maggie not likely to leave this summer
Maggie the elephant probably won't be moved from Alaska by the end of the summer as hoped, due in part to the number of new homes Alaska Zoo officials are considering for the state's only pachyderm.

Palin to have final say on Kohring's replacement
While Matanuska Susitna Valley Republicans winnow down a list of replacements for a departing Wasilla legislator, Gov. Sarah Palin said she is looking for someone who won't be pressured to toe the party line.

Northwest Digest
House Majority caucus hires Bitney, Bus driver charged with sexual assault, Firebreak keeps blaze from Oregon towns

Photo: Waiting for Harry
Chloe Bostian, 18, left, Sydney Bostian, 11, middle, and Graham Toroff, 18, wait in line at Gulliver's Books on Thursday in Fairbanks, for the seventh and final Harry Potter book.

Dental associations give up fight against dental aides
After losing a court decision, two dental associations are giving up their fight against a program allowing dental aides to do procedures in rural Alaska.

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